Evers Surname Meaning, History & Origin

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Evers is of Old Germanic
origin and is a Low German, Flemish and Dutch surname originating as a
patronymic form of Ever. Ever itself
was a pet form of Everard, a
Germanic personal name composed of the elements eber,
a wild boar, and hard,
brave and hardy.
Everard came with the Normans to England, but here the
resulting surname tended to be Everett.
Some Evers in England and Ireland originated from the name of
the Eure or Evre region in Normandy. This name is also derived
from the “wild boar” root.  Spelling variants of Evers have been Evert and Everts.

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The Evers name and its variants Evert and Everts are to be found in
Holland and in NE Germany, in the latter case in the Ems, Hamburg and
Hanover regions. The numbers today are around 7-8,000 in Holland
and 12,000
in Germany. An early sighting of the name was Wolff Evers, born
in Hanover in 1545. The birth of Guert Evert in Gelderland, Holland occurred
around the year 1553.

There was another smaller cluster
of Evers to be found in the German north Rhineland region of Westphalia. The name might have originated from Everdes
Hof (Everdes farm) near Paderborn. The
Evers name here has been traced back to 1650
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England
. The Evers surname in
England seems to have had its origins
in the place-name of Evre
or Eure in Normandy. Evre or Eure started
to become
Evers in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Yorkshire. Isaac
Eure from Yorkshire fought on the Parliamentary side during the Civil
War. He was one of the judges at the trial of Charles
I, signing his death warrant, and he acted as Charles’ jailer before he
came to
trial. He was also a colonel in
Cromwell’s army in Ireland.

The Evers name was to
be found in the vicinity of present-day Leeds from the late 15th
century
onwards. William Evers was the vicar of
Leeds in 1470 and the same or another William Evers was vicar of
Whitkirk in
1495. Evers at Swillington have been
traced from the late 1600’s. William
Evers, a wire worker at Swillington Bridge, developed a threshing
machine for winnowing
corn in 1768.

An Evre family built West Ayton castle near Scarborough in the
1500’s. The Evers name was to be found
nearby
at Brompton and Snainton by the early 1700’s.

Worcestershire. Henry
and Elizabeth Evers were married around the year 1790 in Old Swinford,
Worcestershire. Their son Samuel
operated the Cradley ironworks in nearby Staffordshire.
Guy Evers of the family was an English rugby
international in the 1890’s and later an enthusiastic canoeist. Lancelot Evers fought in World War One and
was killed in action just ten days before the ending of the war.

Ireland. The Evers name has also occurred
in Ireland. It may have come from an
Anglo-Norman family prominent in Meath; or it may have been an
anglicization of
the Gaelic O’hlomhair name. Timothy
Evers was recorded as the mayor of
Dublin in 1631. The name has been found
particularly
in Westmeath and Longford, and most particularly in Drumlish there.

Eivers has been a variant spelling. The
old cemetery in Drumlish lists fourteen Evers and four Eivers.


America.
The Dutch were
early arrivals. Evers-like names for in
the 17th century were Elise Everts who arrived in 1645; Jan Evertsen a
mason
who came to the New Amstel colony in Delaware in 1661; and Hendricks
Evertsen
who came to New York in 1662.

Evert.
The main early numbers were in
New York state
. Evert here could
either be a first name or a last name.
Evert Duyckinck for instance was a Dutch painter who came to New
York in
1638.

Gustav Evert arrived from Mecklenburg in north Germany in 1869 and made
his home in Waukesha county, Wisconsin.
Meanwhile Peter Evert came from Luxemburg to Chicago in the
1880’s. His grandson Jimmy, born in
Chicago, moved to
Florida in 1948 and for almost fifty years was the tennis director for
the
city of Fort Lauderdale. His daughter Chris
Evert
was one of
the world’s top women tennis players in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Everts.
The
Everts in Vermont were originally Evarts whose forebears had come to
Connecticut from England in the 1660’s.
Truman Everts was a pioneer of the American West.

“Truman Everts was part of the 1870 expedition exploring the area which later became
the Yellowstone National Park. He was lost
for 37 days and became more widely known after writing about his
experiences for Scribner’s Monthly.”


Edmund Everts from the same Connecticut line had been
a Union soldier during the Civil War and afterwards made his home in
Otter Tail
county, Minnesota. The lumber company
that he started there in 1882 still flourishes under his descendants.

Evers. The main Evers
numbers in America
were from Germany. Most of the Evers who came in the 19th century headed
West.
Among them were:

  • Henry Evers who departed
    Bremen for San Francisco in 1864. He
    embarked on various businesses in Oakland before deciding to become an
    undertaker. He was elected the Coroner
    of Oakland in 1888.
  • Charles Evers and his wife who came to America in 1874
    and
    settled to farm in Crawford county, Iowa.
  • John
    Evers from Hanover
    who came to America in 1882 and first
    settled in
    Nebraska. There he again farmed and
    worked at his trade for ten years before acquiring land in Barton
    county,
    Kansas where he built his farm.
  • and Ferdinand and Laura
    Eversz who came to South Dakota in the 1880’s. The
    “z” in their name was quietly dropped in the next
    generation. Their son Oswald migrated
    north to
    Saskatchewan in Canada in 1905 in search of new farming land.

Heinrich Evers left Germany
as a young man to come to
America on a sailing ship. However, a
fierce storm at sea blew the vessel onto the rocks off Newfoundland
where it
broke up. Heinrich was lucky to get
ashore on a barrel. Although aiming for
America, he ended up marrying and settling down in Canada.
But many of his children still had the
American dream. His son Johannes Evers came to
Clearfield
township in North Dakota in 1882 and other Evers later followed
.

Irish
arrivals have included:

  • Joseph
    Evers, a cooper, and his wife Mary who came with
    their family to New York City from Westmeath in 1842
  • and
    Richard Evers from
    Longford who arrived in Missouri in the early 1870’s and later made his
    home in
    Hill county, Texas.

John and Ellen Evers were Irish immigrants who
had settled in Troy, New York in the 1870’s.
John’s brother Tom was a professional baseball player; as were
John’s
two sons Johnny and Joe. Johnny Evers
became a
famous player in the title-winning Chicago Cubs team and was inducted
into
baseball’s Hall of Fame
.

Canada. The
most notable Evers in Canada was
Jewish. Born in 1914 in Winnipeg to
Meyer Auerbach, the principal of the local Talmud Torah, he adopted the
name of
Muni Evers and trained as a pharmacist before heading west to British
Columbia. He was the long-term serving
mayor of New Westminster – from 1969 to 1983.

Australia. Titus Evers from
Batley in Yorkshire was transported to Australia on the Parmelia
in 1832. After
serving out his sentence he became a respected member of the Molong,
NSW
community and left a large number of descendants. His
son Titus for instance, who had married
Jane Johnston, raised ten children and left 58 grandchildren and 25
great
grandchildren on her death in 1909.

 


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Evers Origins in England.  A Norman family in England was said to have taken their name from Evre or Eure in Normandy, a region that derived its name from the wild boar.

The Evre or Eure family held the manors of Warkworth
in Northumberland and Clavering in Essex in the late 12th century.  The Clavering line died out.
William Eure of Warkworth was created a baron
and Ralph Eure built Witton castle in Durham in 1410.
The family later held West Ayton castle
near Scarborough.  The
barony lasted until
1707 when Ralph Eure, the final baron, died.

Evre or Eure descendants were also to
be found in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.

From the Lincolnshire side came Peter
Eure or Evers of Washborough, an MP for the county in the late 1500’s.  His marriage in his fifties caused his contemporary John Chamberlain to comment:

“I am sure it will be news that Master
Evers hath got a young wife in Lincolnshire, where he was hammering about her all last term, and hath not yet showed his face among his friends.  Evers became a father of four children in
five years.”

There were more Evers descendants in Yorkshire where its early
appearance was in the vicinity of present-day Leeds. Evre or Eure became either Evers or Vevers.

Early Dutch Everts in New York State.  

Name Date of Birth County
Jacob Evert 1674 Albany
Johannes Evertsen 1680 Albany
Wendel Evert 1680 Albany
Anthony Evert 1680 Albany
Hendrick Evert 1686 Ulster (Kingston)
Jansen Evert 1698 New York City
Jan Evertsen 1698 Albany
William Evert 1699 Albany

Evers and Evert Arrivals in America.  The following Evers and Evert numbers were recorded from passenger lists on ship arrival in America.

Numbers Evers Evert
Germany    401 200
Ireland     78
England     49     14
Total    527    214

John Evers in Kansas.  John Evers was born in Hanover, Germany in 1857.  He worked on the
farm and as a carpenter until 1882 when he came to America and first
settled in Nebraska.  There he again farmed and worked at his
trade for ten years before acquiring land in Barton county, Kansas.

He was justly proud of his Wheat
Valley Farm
.  A large two story frame house, containing ten
rooms and a kitchen, took the place of his former residence.  The
barn, sheds and other outbuildings were in keeping with his home and
the care for the grain and stock of the farm.  There was an
abundance of shade and it was said that the whole ensemble presented a
beautiful appearance.

His eldest son John Herman Evers lived and farmed nearby in
Pawnee county.

Johannes Evers in North Dakota.  Johannes or John Evers came to Clearfield township in Griggs county, North Dakota in the spring of 1882.
He was just 22.  He worked there for
a number of years before
receiving his land under the Homestead Act.

He became skilled in all the trades
needed in this frontier community – a plasterer, a stonemason, a tanner
of wolf
and badger hides, a small game hunter, a butcher, and a farmer.
When he
first came to North Dakota he carried a double-barrelled pistol –
hand-loaded –
to shoot ducks, prairie chickens, geese, and rabbits for food.  He
took
eggs from wild nests to use for food.

He put in many hours roaming the forests
with a sack which he filled with tree seeds, ash and box elder.
He had
plowed a strip of land on the west edge of his homestead to plant into
trees.  This freshly plowed shelterbelt saved his buildings from
the great
prairie fire.

He returned in 1891 to Ontario, the place of his birth, to spend a
few months to pick out a wife.  He found
one there, Sarah Hellwig, and they were married in Ontario before
returning to
the Evers homestead in North Dakota.

Living was hard.  But they could see that
they were slowly
getting ahead.   One fall there were
only seven pennies left after the bills were paid.
Sarah wondered how they would ever last
through the winter.  Springtime found the
same seven pennies still saved.

 

 


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Evers Names

Johnny Evers was a famous baseball
player of the early 1900’s, part of the great double play combination
of the
Chicago Cubs known as “Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance.”

Medger
Evers

was an African American civil rights activist who was assassinated in
Mississippi in 1963.
Chris Evert
was one of the
world’s top women tennis players in the 1970’s and 1980’s
.

Select Evers Numbers Today

  • 1,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Yorkshire)
  • 6,000 in America (most numerous in Florida)
  • 2,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)

 

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